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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

The second generation Triumph Tiger carried on the theme of the original – a big, bruising road trail motorcycle powered by Hinckley’s distinctive triple. The difference was this was the second generation triple with updated chassis and styling to match. Later versions are well equipped and the Triumph Tiger 955i is a decent road motorcycle taller riders, but it’s also somehow old fashioned and superceded by the Tiger 1050.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

In 2001 the Triumph Tiger 955i got the 955cc triple engine fitted plus a new exhaust, gearbox, injection system, reworked engine internals etc. giving a claimed 104bhp @ 9500rpm which makes it among the quickest and fruitiest of the so-called monster trail motorcycles – great on road, but it’s no off-roader.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

Both this and the older Triumph Tiger models attract taller riders, and people who love touring, and the motor is capable of covering serious miles with few problems.  2002 saw just the suspension internals revised making the ride much firmer and more suited to the road.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Triumph Tiger 955i is better equipped than most motorcycles in this class and many come with factory extras fitted.  Look for aftermarket accessories fitted to make commuting and touring easier. Some Triumph Tiger 955i owners leave this stuff on when part exchanging their motorcycle, while others prefer to take it all off again. 2004 saw a big update to the Triumph Tiger 955i including cast alloy wheels, different swingarm and panniers, heated grips and centre stand now as standard. Colour-coded factory panniers are now offered as Triumph repositioned the Tiger 955i as a grand tourer

Triumph Tiger 955i (2001-2006)

Detail Value
Dealer used prices
£2,760 (2002) - £4,590 (2006)
Private used prices
£2,480 (2002) - £4,130 (2006)
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Engine size 955 cc
Power 104 bhp
Top speed 133 mph
Insurance group 13 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 4
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 3.5
Value rating is 3 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

Triumph's later build quality is much better than with its early motorcycles and reliability, apart from a few problems with the first 595 Daytona superbikes, has never been much of an issue. If the Triumph Tiger 955i you're looking at is well looked after cosmetically you shouldn’t have any problems.

Value

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Fairly commonplace and also in production for quite a long run so there are plenty to choose prom. The later versions with their ever improving spec are the ones to go for but tend to hold their values better. Find a Triumph Tiger 955i for sale

Insurance

Insurance group: 13 of 17

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Model History

2001: Triumph Tiger 955i introduced.
2006: Triumph Tiger 955i superceded by new 1050 Tiger.

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 133 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.5 secs
Max power 104 bhp
Max torque 67 ft-lb
Weight 215 kg
Seat height 875 mm
Fuel capacity 22 litres
Average fuel consumption 44 mpg
Tank range 178 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 13 of 17
Engine size 955 cc
Engine specification 12v transverse triple, 5 gears
Frame Tubular steel cradle
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound
Front brakes 2 x 310mm discs
Rear brake 285mm disc
Front tyre size 110/80 x 19
Rear tyre size 150/70 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(7 reviews)

  • Tiger 955i 05

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    I have had my Tiger now for 1 1/2 years. I have just returned from France and these are my thoughts. As reported you do get vibes through the bars at speed but they are not to bad. However at low town speed the engine judders like made this can be very annoying. At night the speedo is very hard to see, infact you will have no idea what speed you are doing. Also the digital clock is a wast of time (!) as it's too small. Economy is quite good over 40mpg but at speeds of over 80mph this will obviously plummit. The power is perfect overtaking is easy and will cruise at 80mph and more with ease. The luggage is well made and large enough but mine are not waterproof. The bike handles very well at speed and fast lanes are good fun. I can say it handles better than the 885 as I have ridden this bike as well. I have a taller screen Cee Baileys +8, and it helps with the wind. Also Gel Seat (numb bum saver)And Hugger. The main problem I have is the bike is just to tall by fare. I still have the original tyres off road type. I can say that the road tyres are better than the ones I have. All in all i am happy with this bike the only reason I would sell is due to the hight, You need more than a 31" inside leg to make it safe when stopped. It is a quality made bike even with the defects I have mentioned.

    21 January 2012

  • My second Tiger

    l70jul

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I bought a '99 900i a few years ago and loved it, but was seduced by a nearly new Street Triple. After a year on that I decided to go back to a Tiger as it's a perfect all rounder. It handles, has loads of grunt, brakes could be better, but that's my only whinge. Top Bike!!

    22 June 2011

  • Fantastic everyday bike

    ormsky

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Got probably one of the very last 955's in April 2007 with all the extras as standard (panniers, heated grips, centre stand). High upright seating position is comfortable and gives a great view when commuting or just out in the country. Engine has loads of grunt just where you need it, overtaking is so easy. Gearbox is ok but can be a bit clunky, I always seem to be adjusting the clutch cable. Handles great on our crap roads, soaks up pot holes and is easy to throw around (though it is a heavy bike once you stop). I added a touring screen (makes a big difference on the motorway), hugger, and Triumph top-box all of which have turned the bike into a great tourer. I'm not a big fan of the looks but its just so good to ride. I get just over 180 miles before the fuel light comes on! It tours, commutes, scratches, and will hopefully keep my licence clean (I had a Honda Blackbird before, totally awesome but totally dull at legal speeds and not good for city commuting). To sum up a fantastic everyday bike with loads of extras. Easy to ride, great tank range, comfortable over long distance.

    13 January 2008

  • Top All Round Bike

    harrisons

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Had my 05 for 2 years and 15,000 miles now, what a great bike, eats the motorway miles, slices through city traffic on a commute, loves the twisties and is great fun for a Sunday morning blast. Totally reliable although some of the fastenings could be better as they don't look great after two winters. A little top heavy (like many owners I have dropped mine whilst standing still) but very stable when moving. I will be hanging on to mine for a few years yet!

    19 June 2007

  • Tiger - Flawed

    Strangepork

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Only based on extensive test ride:- Pros: Sublime engine, intoxicating exhaust note, good chuckabilty, well equiped and British. Cons: Hot seat from start, ergonomics poor (even at 6' I felt I was reaching for the bars like a chopper), notchy gearbox, wind chill all down legs, tacky chrome bars, awful looks (subjective I know) and soft suspension.

    16 June 2007

  • Tiger 955i a bike for all seasons!

    Tavener

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I bought a Tiger 955i in June 2004 trading in my 1999 Daytona 955i. Ignoring the challenging looks the Tiger is a fantastic bike. It is comfortable all day. It has power just where you need it and the great view of the road ahead makes it very easy to overtake and keep up with much sportier tackle! The bike has been 100% reliable and is just great fun to ride on real roads without having to ride at silly speeds. At £6,999 with heated grips, hard luggage and a centre stand it is an absolute bargain. Get one while you can. Strengths: Pure versatility. Comfortable all day, able to take pillion and luggage, heated grips, fast enough on real roads and fantastic visability from the riding position makes overtaking a doddle. Weaknesses: Not exactly a looker, but when you ride it you don't have to look at it!!

    24 May 2006

  • My Review

    Pegaso

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Well the clutchwire broke after 300 miles and now the front brake has given up, no pressure at all. The engine sends buzzes to the handlebar above 4000 rpm. However the bike's nice to ride but quality is very poor even worse then Italian.

    08 January 2002

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Black955tiger

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Black955tigersays

Superb underrated bike.

 Had mine from new in 2002 and it now has 70000 miles of faultless riding under its belt. Once you sort a screen that works for you and fit a gel seat it's all day, every day comfortable. IMO far superior to any GS BMWs except, maybe, the 1200.

14 February 2014 13:56

Black955tiger

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 Two errors in the specs:-

1 fuel tank is 24 litres not 22.

6 speed gearbox not 5.

Typical of MCN not to proof read anything or check it through. 

 

14 February 2014 13:52

viaciofano

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955 review

Why do you buy a bike like the Triumph Tiger 955 to copy Charlie and Ewan. Fancy a big trailie to take to the furthest of places.
I borrowed my friends 2005 Triumph Tiger 955 fitted with heated grips, crash bars, top box, side panniers and centre stand.
I tried it mainly on commuting to work so through slow moving traffic and onto motorway and A roads.

On motor ways it shows the best out of the three, Comfortable with a high seating position, good view of the traffic in front and around.

On A roads the engine has a good pull from low down and shows no problems with the fuel injection at all throttle ranges.

When on slow town roads. It is the most demanding as the seat height is high for me. Each stop has to be planned for putting feet down on tip toes. Making use of the back brake and feeding the clutch helps to slow at traffic lights. The high suspension travel aids a smooth ride gliding over any uneven roads or holes.

The gearbox does feel very clunky at first and some times stiff down changing but quite quickly you can be used to the gears, find neutral and forget comparing this to other models. The clock is tucked away low and slightly hard to read. The kmh displayed on the clock are light in colour so can be difficult to read when driving on the continent unless you fit a sat nav and use the kmh. The centre stand is not easy to use but a usefull fitting.

There are positives which I feel out weigh the disadvantages. The bike is fitted with heated grips which come in use with this cold weather (April 2013) The engine note sounds great and pops with the occasional over run of the exhaust. I managed 44mpg with varied high speed travel. The side panniers can store more than your sandwiches.

11 April 2013 22:41

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